Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to make official visit to Singapore

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to make official visit to Singapore

On the agenda during her visit from Nov 30 to Dec 2, Ms Suu Kyi will be hosted to dinner at the Istana by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, meet business leaders and get an orchid named in her honour at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Aung San Suu Kyi file

SINGAPORE: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will make an official visit to Singapore from Nov 30 to Dec 2, announced Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Ms Suu Kyi will be here at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who will host an official welcome ceremony and a dinner for her at the Istana on Wednesday.

Both leaders will be guests-of-honour on Thursday at the opening ceremony of a three-month exhibition of Myanmar artefacts called “Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar" at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Ms Suu Kyi, who is also foreign minister, will call on Acting President J Y Pillay.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will host her to meals separately and the Nobel laureate will have breakfast at a hawker centre with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Also on her agenda is IE Singapore's Global Conversations dialogue with Singapore businesses, said MFA.

In 2015, Myanmar was Singapore’s 28th largest trading partner, with total trade at S$3.57 billion.

For Myanmar, Singapore was its third largest trading partner after China and Thailand. As of end-October this year, Singapore was the second largest investor in Myanmar with cumulative investment at US$15.6 billion, after China (US$18.5 billion).

During her three-day visit, Ms Suu Kyi will get an orchid named in her honour at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. She will also receive a briefing by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, said MFA.

Ms Suu Kyi last visited Singapore in 2013 when she was Myanmar's opposition leader.

During this official visit, she will be accompanied by Union Minister for Commerce U Than Myint, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, and officials from the Ministry of National Planning and Finance, President’s Office, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: CNA/xk

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